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Sky's End

(Cassiel Winters #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe's future at stake. Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth's new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command's top pilots and her only family, who's been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female ca ...more
Paperback, 430 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing (first published June 15th 2013)
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Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Move over Urban Fantasy. Stick your vampires where the solar rays don't penetrate, and bring on the hot aliens!

Wow. I can't get over how much I enjoyed this book! I picked it up on a whim, really, and after having a rather lacklustre reaction to another Sci-fi title earlier this year, wasn't overly optimistic that I'd enjoy it that much. Boy, was I wrong! I'm so glad I gave this a try because it was just so redonkulously entertaining and interesting and sexy and...gah! It was just  ama
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Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi

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The picture on the book and blurb are a bit misleading. What this is: a romance with light sci fi trappings. But more Mary Sue than romance since the main character ends up with a harem of hot guys, aliens and humans, all trying to seduce her constantly. As well, most of the book all she can think about is how sexy they are. As a trigger warning, there is also a LOT of swearing.

Whether you love or hate this book (and I h
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don’t read a lot of science fiction, so I don’t have a lot to compare this to. Set in a future world, in which Earth has made contact with extraterrestrial life, Sky s End postulates what it would be like to have contact with aliens, both friendly and deadly. I automatically began comparing this book to one of my favourite childhood reads A Wrinkle in Time. You can tell how much sci-fi/alien books I’ve read. Anyway, this book is nothing like A Wrinkle in Time, but I felt like it had the potent ...more
Isa Lavinia

arc provided by Soul Mate Publishing through netgalley

This book is... difficult to rate. It has a lot of things in its favour, but then it also has a lot of things against it.

Cassiel Winters' brother Daz disappeared during a military mission in space, so Cassiel joins the Academy to try to find out what happened to her brother.

I liked Cassiel, she has a compelling voice, most of the time, but there are issues with the way she was portrayed in the beginning. She's a 21 year old woman in a milit
First comment: I hate the title. This book is much too bad-ass for such a lame-ass title. Seriously. "Sky's End" sounds too sappy.

Anyways, like I said, this book is bad-ass. Seriously. Bad-freaking-ass.

The heroine, Cassiel Winters, is one kick-ass, don't-fuck-with-me chic. And on that note: beware profanity. Not that it bothers me any; I curse like a damn sailor myself. If I have offended you though in this review, you probably don't want to read the book. Just saying.

But anyways, it is the extr
Marissa DeCuir
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a big sci-fi reader, but no matter your level of interest in that particular genre you should pick this book up. It truly transcends through sci-fi, romance, adventure and self-discovery. That might seem like a heck of a lot to fit into one novel, but this author does it really well. The main character Cass tells her story in first-person, present-tense and it's an excellent choice for this series. Cass is a well developed character, not at all like many books where a character is so ann ...more
Kayla (The Thousand Lives)
My Initial Thoughts/Rambling: I don’t think I’ve ever been so divided by a book. I swear, while I was reading it, I was simultaneously rolling my eyes and having a fast heart rate because I needed to know what happened next. This is a serious issue for me. I want to say so much that I hated it, and assign a 1 star rating, but there was a part of me that really liked it – a lot. I’m so confused!!! Possible Spoilers Ahead.

Disclaimer: I was given a free ebook of Sky’s End from NetGalley in exchange
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sci Fi Romance Loved it! What a well written story. Cassiel captures your heart within the first few pages. She is my favorite kind of heroine - far from perfect (she just failed hand to hand combat), but full of courage. The author draws you in to Cassiel's world effortlessly, so that I truly felt like I belonged there. In many ways, this book feels like Ready Player One, my all-time favorite sci-fi book. In fact, I would rank Sky's End as my second favorite sci-fi of all time. My only advice t ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm done, I'm finally done! not that I didnt like the book, I just couldn't sink into it. sometimes I was stuck reading it for cool parts, and the other times I was skimming, waiting for something awesome to happen. not my favourite read of the year, that's for sure.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This book has been incredibly difficult to review. I requested it from NetGalley because I am currently on a quest for an incredible Sci-Fi book with a girl as the protagonist. I saw this one and the plot seemed incredibly intriguing, I knew I had to read it.

The good about this book is the uniqueness of the plot. I can’t talk too much about it without major spoilers, but I like the plot. It’s interesting and it’s different. I enjoyed the Thell’eon’s (especially their leader, Prime Or’ic). I love
Georgiana Derwent
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
his book strikes a good balance between reasonably serious sci-fi and swoony romance, and as a result, did a good job of appealing to both my geeky and my romantic sides. That said, it's worth saying upfront that the romantic (and sexy) side of things does take centre stage for large portions of the book, so I'd avoid this if you're a)male or b)really not into that sort of thing.

The plot centres around Cassiel, a twenty-year old woman whose older brother is a top space soldier. When he disappea
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Note: Some content may be seen as mature.

Let me start with this: Holy crap I loved this book. LOVED it. The summary sounded awesome, albeit a bit confusing, but I haven't read any science fiction lately that involved aliens so I was all for jumping on the opportunity to review this book. It blew me away.

Cassiel Winters' life dramatically changes when she finds out her only living relative, her brother, is officially missing. She literally will search the ends of the universe to find him, even if
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I went from the HOTTEST masturbation scene to sweating fucking bullets and a chest full of anxiety bc one of the craziest, intense scenes EVER.

Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Uuuuuuuuuuuuugh. This book. This book was a chore and a half to read.

Everything about this book put me off as a reader. Everything. There is so much wrong with the writing here, not the actual words, but the construction of the plot, pacing, and characterization.

Cassiel Winters is a 21-year-old girl whose brother Daz has gone missing. She has a note that she believes is from him saying "hide," so naturally she does the exact opposite of that by joining the space academy. She is being formally te
Patrice Caldwell
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great book :D I watch a lot of sci-fi but I’m just now getting into reading sci-fi and I can honestly say I think this was a great way to start. I mean, I’ve been reading Dystopian books since before they were popular as well as Urban Fantasy etc…but straight sci-fi not so much.

One of the things that drew me into this story was the voice. I’m a big fan of voice. Like a character’s voice can make or break a story for me. With Cassiel, I was in LOVE with her voice from the very beginnin
Roxanne Kade
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Holy stars! Space travel has never been so HOT!

If, like me, you’re not a huge fan of sci-fi, this is one book you cannot miss. It will change your opinion of the genre. Not only was all the sci-fi, space jargon easily pronounceable, but the aliens encountered in this story are a far cry from the tiny, green men with large heads and oversized eyes. They are drop dead gorgeous with smoking bods, and any warm blooded, human woman would easily forget their allegiance to their fellow earthlings with
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG ! This is a great new Sc-Fi Romance book!

This book will make my list of Best 2013 Summer Reads!

I enjoyed every part of this book. It was well written, you are pulled into Cassiel's world right away. She is one of the most likable characters I have ever come across; she's a really down to earth kinda girl. You really like Cassiel and relate to her and her journey right away. I was rooting for her the whole time! She slowly starts to come into her strength and courage in this book. I can see
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! I'm so glad I decided to read it!! The characters were great and the protagonist was freaking hilarious at times and quite courageous at others. I seriously loved almost everything about this book :-) Whew. . . I cannot wait for the next book in this series!!!!!!!
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not like this. Didn't like any of the characters. Didn't like the world. Didn't like that there was basically only one female character. Didn't like how women were viewed or treated. There was nothing redeeming about this book and I do not recommend it.
Erin Arkin
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: aliens, sci-fi
Sky’s End is the first book in the Cassiel Winters series and takes you on a ride that includes, intergalactic warfare, good looking aliens, and a bit of mystery.

Overall I found the story to be quite engaging and pretty action packed. Cassiel Winters is a cadet with the ESE (Earth Space Exploration) and needs to pass her H2H test in order to continue in her studies. She joined mostly because of her brother Daz. He is considered one of the best pilots ESE has and although he is supposedly on a s
Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review
Cassiel Winters is on a mission to find her brother, and the only place she can do that is Earth’s Space Academy program. The odds are not in her favor though as secrets and lies are found on every corner, and Cassiel may not be able to trust those that are closets to her. She’s then thrust into a war that she may have little chance of getting out of, unless she plays her cards right.

Honestly, I read this a few months ago back in the summer time, so this review may not be as faithful as I would
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually read a lot of books between Christmas and New Year's Eve, since the day to day life an work does not leave enough room for reading.
This year I decided there should be no crime novels or Contemporaries, why not something futuristic, with a female protagonist and a bit of romance? Well what should it be? After a long search, a trilogy and some excerpts later - I found „Sky 's End" at GoodReads.
From the first sentences on I was drawn into the story. This is probably due to the first-perso
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not gonna lie, I'm not usually into the whole space futuristic thing, but holy crap!!!! So glad I read this book!! I fell in love. I honestly think I'm going to have to give the whole sci-fi branch another chance. Most of them are annoying in my mind and are all "oh god alien sex" or "it really isn't what you look like that matters." This book was amazingggg though. Start off with a girl, who of course has a few secrets, who will do absolutely anything for her family. Throw in manipulation, ...more
Cj Martin
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing adventure. And Cassiel is an extremely likeable character who is perfect for taking us into the world Lesley Young has created. If you're like the one-star reviewer above who wants a formulaic read, Sky's End is not for you. This book has edge, and will appeal to a more mature reader. It explores sibling relationships, parental loss, coming of age sexually, self-confidence, male dominance, girl power, self-worth, friendship, and more. All within a fresh narrative style th ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am giving this adventure five stars because it's precisely what I was hoping for. FUN. From the moment I read the book blurb on this story I was excited to read it. Cassiel is funny, fearless and flawed, three of my favorite personality traits in a character. She's not perfect and that makes her realistic to me (despite the sci-fi genre) ;) But she also never stops trying. Period. Even when she wants to. I loved listening to her thoughts - I even loved getting impatient with her at times. The ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was a fabulous. I stayed up all night on a weeknight to finish. The plot was engaging and fast paced and the characters were extremely realistic to me. I loved that the author included a glimpse of what it might really be like if a young woman encountered an alien culture as bait then was rescued...the fact that she was locked up and observed like an exotic animal. Also the culture differences were well written. I felt like I was right there the whole way. I am definitely a new fan
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great surprise...very well written and the story was fast moving. Strong heroine with all her faults and weaknesses. I was really sad to see that this is only book from the author. I hope the second book will follow shortly.
Alarna Martin
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
DNF. I got bored around 80% finished and I couldn't read anymore. The h seem to think her situation was the worst when it wasn't even bad just inconvenient. :(
Miriam Danquah
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loooove this book . So surprised it would turn out so good ! Waiting on the edge of my seat for book 2 !
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